ALGARVE - Pinheiros Altos - Presentation
The 27 championship holes at the Pinheiros Altos Resort are presented in three nine holes formats.
Each of the nine holes has four sets of tees. The white and yellow tees represent the championship and medal tees respectively for the men, and the blue and red represent the equivalent test for the ladies.
The Pines (Pinheiros) - PAR 36 - Red Course
The Pines Course (Pinheiros) is named after the abundance of pine trees which flourish the course; this nine includes four of the new holes opened in January 2007 and five of the original front nine. One thousand additional pine trees have been planted to blend the new with old.
Beautiful Signature Ninth Hole
The Pines signature hole is the ninth, a beautiful par 3 over a valley to a McKenzie green while the par 5 fourth hole is the epitome of 'risk and reward' golf course design.
The view of the green over the water, within reach for many golfers, is just too much of a temptation to resist and often results in a watery grave for a new Titleist golf ball!
The Corks (Sobreiros) - PAR 36 - Yellow Course
The Corks Course (Sobreiros) is the longest of the three nine holes at Pinheiros Altos and regarded the most demanding.
Spectacular Ludo Valley & Goldra Hills Views
Like the Pines Course, the Corks Course is a mixture of the original and new holes with spectacular views of the Ludo valley and the Goldra hills beyond.
Demanding 1st Tee
The first tee shot when playing the Corks Course is one of the most demanding in the Algarve but the view is unquestionably a form of consolation.
Dangerous Eighth Hole
Many regard the eighth hole, a par 5 double dog leg of 580 yards (530m) as the most dangerous on the course and responsible for the destruction of many medal rounds.
The Olives (Oliveiras) - PAR 36 - Blue Course
The Olives Course was the original back nine and has remained unchanged since the island green eighth hole was constructed in 1995.
Pinheiros Altos Signature Hole
The eighth hole has become the signature hole of Pinheiros Altos and a must play hole when visiting the Algarve.
Gentle Rolling Landscape
Much of the bird life associated with Pinheiros Altos is visible on this nine. The gentle rolling landscape of the Olives course and the way the holes meander between lakes make for a most tranquil if demanding golfing setting.